White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing CSPAN March 9, 2020 7:52pm-8:39pm EDT
c-span.org/coronavirus. you can find white house briefings, hearings with key public health officials, and interviews with public health specialists. review the latest events any ime at c-span.org/coronavirus. >> and now more about the coronavirus response with president trump and vice president pence. they briefed reporters just a short while ago and were joined by several officials of the white house coronavirus task force. this is 45 minutes. president trump: thank you very much. we just attended a very important task force meeting on the virus that everybody is
talking about all over the world. no matter where you go. that's what's on people's minds. we are going to take care of and have been taking care of the american public and the american economy. we are going to be asking tomorrow, we're seeing the senate, we're going to be meeting with house republicans, mitch mcconnell and everybody, and discussing a possible payroll tax cut or relief, substantial relief, very substantial relief. that's a big number. we're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not going to miss a paycheck. be working with companies and small companies, large companies, a lot of companies so that they don't get penalized for something that's not their fault. it's not their fault, it's not our country's fault. this is something we were thrown into and we're going to handle it and we have been
handling it very well. the big decision was early when we shut down our borders, first ones ever to do that. we've never done that in our country before. we'd have a situation that would be a -- that would be a lot more dire. also we're going to be seeing small business administration and creating loans for small businesses. we're also working with the industries, including the airline industries, the cruise ship industry, which obviously will be hit. we're working with them very, very strongly. we want them to travel, we want people to travel to certain locations and not to other locations at this moment. hopefully that will straighten out sooner rather than later. we're working with the industries and, in particular, those two industries. we're also talking to the hotel industry. in some places, actually, we'll do -- will do well, and some places probably won't do well at all. but we're also working with the hotel industry. the main thing is we're taking care of the american public and
we will be taking care of the american public. i really appreciate the professionals behind me and the professionals actually behind them in a different room. we have a tremendous team and it's headed up by our great vice president, mike pence. and i want to thank mike because he's been working 24 hours a day just about. he's been working very, very hard, very diligently. and very professionally and i want to thank him. i want to thank the team. and i'll have mike say a few word. thank you very much. vice president pence: thank you, mr. president. we just completed the day's meeting of the white house coronavirus task force. we had the opportunity to brief the president today on a broad range of issues. once again, because of the unprecedented action that president trump took in january, suspending all travel from china, establishing a
travel advisory for portions of south korea and italy, establishing screening of all direct flights, all passengers from all airports, italy, and south korea, we have bought a considerable amount of time, according to all the health experts, to deal with the coronavirus here in the united states. in fact, as i stand before you day, the risk of contracting the coronavirus to the american public remains low and the risk of serious disease among the american public also remains low. that being said, the president did deploy not just a whole of government approach, but also a whole of america approach. last week, at the president's direction, we met with leaders in industries from nursing homes to airlines, pharmaceutical companies,
commercial labs and it's had great, great impact. pharmaceutical companies are already working literally around the clock on the development of therapeutics that will be medicines that can bring relief to people that contract the coronavirus. and i know how pleased the president was to learn that the commercial labs in this country , led by companies like lab corps and quest, have already brought a test forward and are taking that to market effective today. this week the president's direction -- at the president's direction we'll be meeting with hospital c.e.o.'s, health insurance c.e.o.'s, and all building on top of what the president will be announcing tomorrow with regard to economic relief for working americans. we also met today in a conference call with 47 of america's governors. we were able to brief them on the latest. the progress that we've made. we were able to confirm with them that testing is now
available in all state labs, in every state in the country. over a million tests have been distributed before the end of this week. another four million tests will be distributed. but as i said before, with the deployment of the commercial labs, we literally are going to in the matic increase available -- availability of testing and that's all a direct result of the president's leadership. we y, in a few moments, will outline community guidance that dr. burks and dr. fauci will be publishing. at the president's direction, we're going to be providing guidance about how to keep your home safe, how to keep your business safe, how to keep safe and healthy at your school and we'll be publishing that information and speaking about that. a brief word about the grand
princess. the grand princess has docked this afternoon in oakland, california. at a commercial dock. 25 children, we were happy to learn, through the screening over the last two days, 25 children on the ship are all healthy. of the of the people who have contracted the coronavirus, 21 withll are being dealt improper isolation, working with health authorities in california -- with proper isolation, working with health authorities in california. we have made arrangements with take theiru.k. to passengers back. they will be transported directly to the tarmac with chartered flights home.
tomorrow, the remaining passengers will be transported again through a very carefully controlled environment, out to the tarmac and flown to military bases. all of the passengers will be tested and isolated as appropriate, quarantined as appropriate. i want to express appreciation to the governor of california, the governor of georgia and governor of texas for their strong cooperation with the in addressing the issues around the grand princess. it has been a partnership, which the president directed us from the very beginning. we continue to work and move forward. the remaining people on the ship, the crew itself will push off from the dock and they will be quarantined and observed, and
treated. the president has made it a priority to get the americans on shore. we are doing that, as well as returning foreign nationals. the president has spoken today to congressional leadership. one of the things that i have been hearing from governors is the concern about hourly wage earners in this country, feeling like they had to go to work, even if they were sick. the president has tasked the economic team and is working with leaders in congress to make sure that anyone who feels that they are at risk of losing their .ob or losing a paycheck we tell people if they are sick, stay home. a team will address economic policies to make it clear that we will stand by those
hard-working americans, stand by those businesses, large and small, and make it possible for us to put the health of america first. we will be able to take questions on any of these topics. bes. trump: what we will doing is having a news conference tomorrow to talk about various things that we are doing economically. it will be very major, including the payroll tax cut. we will be meeting tomorrow afternoon and coming back from the senate. we have a lot of very important meetings set up. we will explain what we are doing from an economic standpoint. dramatic and we have a very great economy. this blindsided the world.
i think we have handled it very well. the people behind me have done a great job. i will be here to let you know about some of the economics that we are taking, which will be major. thank you very much. >> mr. president, have you been tested? >> i have not been tested for the coronavirus. >> has the president been tested? >> let me get you an answer to that. i honestly do not know the answer to the question, but we will refer that question and get you an answer from the white house very quickly. ask the doctors to come to the podium.
you will have guidance for every american. we are working with communities like the seattle area, like portions of california, new york and florida, who have community spread, a concentration of coronavirus. we have come up with helpful recommendations for every american family, business and school. if the doctors step forward, they can outline that for you. >> good evening. it was good to get out, meeting with communities. we know that the real solution is that every american has a role in stopping the spread of the virus. we wanted it to be detailed in a way that everybody would know precisely what to do.
it will be about keeping workplaces safe, schools safe, the home safe and how to keep commercial businesses safe, where people would eat or be present. we believe that communities are at the center of this. i came from a field where it was the community who solved our issues around hiv prevention. we are speaking about what can be done. all this came from a paper that the doctor provided. you can actually look at the scientific evidence that informed each of these guidelines, but we will be providing that in great detail, so every mother, father, son, daughter and caregiver will know what's it asked for. -- what to ask for.
because we have been speaking about the kinds of things that would keep our citizens safe in a variety of environments. we have been speaking about conferences. talking abouten this for a long time, so we thought we would put it together anyway that would be available to the general public. burks mentioned i got a message from one of my colleagues in australia. what we had been talking about, so we came up with the idea that it would be good for clarity. -- whatit in a way about workplace? these are simple, low-tech things. it is stated in a way that is clear, that people can
understand. >> we have been looking at the data from around the world. we now know more than we ever did about who is at risk. people over the age of 60 are much more likely to develop complications from the coronavirus and to be hospitalized. the average age of death is 80. are a child or young adult, you are more likely to die from the flu then you are to die from the coronavirus. we want people to be reassured by that. we want people to know that we are focusing in on groups that are at the highest risk.
keep theesigned to community safe. it is important to understand peopleen though young are not necessarily at risk, they can spread it to older people in the community. wash your hands, cover your cough and take the steps that will be coming out in this new guide to make sure that we are doing everything that we know possible to keep those vulnerable protected. >> i think the surgeon general raises a very good point. time,s just a really good what the doctors tell us is to look after family members, loved ones who are senior citizens and
particularly those who have serious underlying health conditions. vulnerable. most consequences, if they contract the coronavirus. we would ask members of the media, you can go to coronavirus.gov and this information will be posted tonight. common sense for families, andols, businesses commercial establishments. just to create the kind of practices that will mitigate the spread of the coronavirus as a whole. seniors, last week we raised the standards are wesing home in america and
are deploying all 8000 of our topectors in every state focus exclusively on disease compliance at our nursing homes. break for the families in seattle, but we are sending the message out. they have an additional cover of protection. where we are.ctly today we issued more guidance to nursing homes about upping the to make sure that we can protect people.
citizens are vulnerable. support.re to there is no cost-sharing. year and a half ago, he took action to extend more benefits to the nation's seniors. sick, they can call their doctor and medicare will reimburse. about havingd services available in the medicaid program. bob to comevite forward as well, to fill us in on the latest progress.
it is going through a careful having americans and foreign nationals coming off. medicalgin our operation to disembark passengers. we basically ensured that the quarantine on the boat was being enforced. we evaluated first children and when were -- who were sick the boat arrived on dock site. additional personnel came on board. we disembarked about half the passengers from the boat today and the other half will leave tomorrow. they will be screened additionally and transferred to
one of four quarantine sites in, miramar and dobbins air force base. the foreign nationals will be transferred. we are working with u.k. to return their passengers. we are doing this all in cooperation with the support of the state of california and the department of defense, homeland security and u.s. coast guard. testing, webject of had a good discussion today with 47 governors. -- for then --n outlined for them all the testing methods available. let me ask the secretary to give us the best on the availability
of testing. >> we continue with our .trategic plan diagnosing, treating, research and communicate is what we do. it was available at the cdc and from that point on, there was no we have been working progressively to bring those types closer and closer to the patients. much in lines very with countries facing similar circumstances. we have over one million test that have shipped and two
private contractors. they are now out. in addition, hundreds of thousands of tests are in hospitals, in commercial labs. we have a total of 2.1 million test that are available, shipped were waiting to be ordered. wethe end of this week, expect to be producing up to 4 million test per week. of lab core.p the test that they are getting out is a better experience. samples. collect seamless a much more
experience. next week or so, you will see a progressively better provider experience. enqueue. >> -- thank you. >> i want to invite the director of the cdc. questions.l take >> thank you. we continue to see an increase would as as we said we time passes. we have over 500 cases now in the u.s. outside of the repatriation cases. and 35 states that
have been reported in the district of columbia. at the present time, the risk to the american public remains low. we have several community outbreaks, which we are focusing on. these are areas that we are investigating heavily to understand the transmission can -- transmission mechanisms there. thank you. >> before we go to questions, coronavirus.gov for the american public, for health care professionals. it is a comprehensive website that we are adding to every day. we are working diligently to
establish a single website where people can go, to track all cases and where they are emerging. >> the stock market saw huge slides today and people on wall street are thinking about recession. how worried are you that it will happen? >> today was an unprecedented move. we saw an overnight reaction, down 20%. majors what had a component on the stock market. let me make some broader comments. we cannot be more pleased that coming into the situation with the coronavirus, the u.s. has the most resilient economy in the world. pleased not be more that the economic programs of tax cuts, regulatory relief and trade have put economy in a good
position. within daily conversations chairman powell. we had a conversation with the economic team and the president is committed that whatever of our, we will use all tools, working closely with the regulators. the president has bank ceos coming in this week and we will talk to them about what they can do to help small businesses and companies impacted. our primary focus are that there are parts of the economy that will be impacted, freshly workers -- especially hard-working people who need to be at home in quarantine or taking care of their family. we will be working with small businesses who need to liquidate. we are looking at alternatives at the irs.
the president is 100% committed that we will provide whatever tools we need, that the economy will be in a good shape a year from now. this is about providing proper tools of the quiddity to get through the next few months. say that there are certain authorities that the president has that we can do on our own and we have already catalogued those tools. we are working on this and we are also working with bipartisan leadership on a range of alternatives that will be discussing. agreement onisan the spending deal and we will use the same approach to work with leadership and the house on this. not beenid you have
tested and you do not know if the president has been tested. why not get tested? >> i simply do not know what the white house has recommended to the president, but we will get you that information. we will let you know right away. obviously, their directive is to see to the health and well-being of the president of the u.s., so we will get you an answer to that. let me just say to everyone that i really do believe that the guidance that we put out today would be very helpful and encouraging to american. some of the leading experts in
infectious disease in the world. to families to go coronavirus.gov, you can find information about how to make your home savory, your school safer and we recommend that to your attention. believe and does the -- some ofelieve which the president named as being in trouble are in any way a result of the white house's result -- reaction to the crisis? is this you saying that you do not think well enough ahead? a half about a week and into being asked to lead the coronavirus task force. mey women standing behind have done a remarkable job
responding. the president's decision to seven -- suspend all travel to -- the time that bought us, the decisive action and declaring a public health emergency, i really do believe that the american people can see that this president is putting the help of the -- health of the american people first. we have communities -- there will be more cases. ask today for the american public to join with us in commonsense practices that will mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and also, particularly, we are asking every american to look after our
seniors, who have serious, underlying health issues. they are clearly the most vulnerable. even as we do everything that we can, working with governors at every level to limit the spread. >> if i could ask a question? ? -- they are canceling fundraising events. is that print or an overreaction? d think the president should continue with campaign rallies? do you believe that the people, even if they are healthy should get on board? -- get on board cruise ships? individualidea that entities, governors, mayors or whatever, canceling activities
that are not coming from a direct recommendation for the --eral government, i think what they are probably acting on is what they would consider. most of the time when that happens, it is in an area where there is already a documented community spread. having a that are documented. it is a possibility that there is community spread going on in areas that we are not detecting it yet. i think the response of the individuals are doing that. they are using their individual judgment and i think that would be prudent. on campaignment
rallies. it really depends. is something in motion. we will be able to say at the time we have a campaign rally. there is noe community spread? the judgment to have it might be a good judgment. you want to talk about large gatherings? i think that is a judgment call. i would not publicly criticize them. >> i asked the last one about cruise ships because many people are planning cruises over spring break. would you recommend anybody, even a healthy person to get on board? >> if you are a healthy person, there is no reason you should not. personally, i would not go on a cruise ship because i do not
like cruises, but that is a different story. condition that i have been speaking about over and over again, namely an individual who has an underlying condition, particularly in elderly person, i would recommend strongly that they do not go on a cruise ship. >> you raise a good point. we are expecting a proposal tomorrow. all of our health officials are discussing with the cruise line industry. we made it very clear that we needed the cruise lines to be ,afer, to embrace new protocols screening onboard and screening off. coronavirus or a serious illness.
i know the president was grateful that the leadership stepped up to the table and said they were ready to go to the next level. we will be reviewing that proposal tomorrow with the whattive that apart from the doctor described, seniors with serious underlying conditions, we will work with the cruise line to approve -- improve the health environment on cruise lines. >> he told us the number of cases had gone down. you say it is going up. how is he so wrong on that? >> what the president was referring to is that we will have people who test positive and then they will get better.
president trump is wanting the american people to know. the vast majority of people who contract the coronavirus will get better. the president has just challenged our task force. as the numbers grow, and they will, we will continue to test more americans. it is important to remember that the vast majority get better completely. percentage have mild flu symptoms. americans, you heard the surgeon general referred to seniors with serious underlying health convictions -- conditions. the president's focus is making sure that the people understand
that while the numbers grow, there are people who come off of the list because they get better. do you want to reflect on what we know about the cycle of the coronavirus? like know it reacts a lot the flu and the way that it spreads and in the way that we prevent it. when we put out the guidelines to the american people, they will reinforce the guidelines. be -- what weally call situational awareness. abouted to add one piece people with pre-existing conditions. we know that there are children and pre-existing conditions individuals undergoing chemotherapy for their treatment of cancer. for those individuals, if they have a decreased number of white given a sheet of
paper that describes how they need to protect themselves, so want to make sure that we understand that we are concerned about the elderly, but we are also concerned about anybody with an immunodeficiency state. we want to protect all of them from the flu and we want to protect them from coronavirus. >> i will ask all of the generalists in the room to do what you can to distribute this information. exactly the reason that dr. burks said so well, we want to make sure that families have the tools, even in areas where we do not have a significant outbreak
of the virus, we want to make sure that they have the tools to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, particularly with regard to the most vulnerable. >> how many americans have already been tested? the follow-up to a question was asked earlier. are the president's tweets hurting your efforts? can you please tell us how many americans have been tested? 's leadershipent has made the difference. i heard today from 47 governors. governor larry hogan joined me in the situation room. americanhat every would be inspired, if you could see the way, under the president's leadership and cooperation with governors in every state, every territory, we
are working seamlessly on behalf of the health of the american people. i will invite the secretary to .ome up in terms of those that have been conducted. >> we will tell you what we know and what we do not know. there are different types of tests that get sent out. the cdc is sending out enough to test 70,000 people. those go to public health. about 80 labs in the u.s., one in each state, at least. tose report results back in the cdc because they are part of the public health network. the larger quantity of tests that ship, about 900,000 that -- those go weekend to hospitals, private labs and
others for testing. they do not currently have to report to us that they have conducted a test or what the results of that test is. to builds working connectivity with them, so we can gather that information. i could not give you a number of test.ny have received a system and we the are wanting to give you accurate information. all.ank you we will be back here tomorrow and we will bring you the latest information. you to go on to coronavirus.gov.
safer, make your home your schools safer, how to make your business and any enterprise out there safer. these are practical recommendations from the best experts in america. we commend them to your attention. let me have a word of encouragement to everyone. all of our medical experts, apart from areas where we are focusing resources, the risk of contracting the coronavirus for the average american remains low. it will remain that way more so, it's all a best practice common sense, habits in our home, businesses and our schools. it is important to remember what president trump said. we are all in this together. americahole of approach. together, we will get through
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